2002 Eastern Mediterranean event
The 2002 Eastern Mediterranean Event was a high-energy aerial explosion over the Mediterranean Sea, around 34°N 21°E (between Libya and Crete) on June 6, 2002. This explosion, similar in power to a small atomic bomb, has been related to an asteroid undetected while approaching the Earth. The object disintegrated and no part was recovered. Because it did not reach the surface and it exploded over the sea, no crater was formed.
The event occurred during the 2001–2002 India–Pakistan standoff, and there were concerns by General Simon Worden of the US Air Force that a similar explosion could have sparked a nuclear war between the two countries, had it exploded over Pakistan or India, which would have devastated both regions and caused over 10 million deaths.
- Impact event
- List of meteor air bursts
- Near Earth object
- Potentially hazardous asteroid
- Vela incident
- "Speech by Gen. Simon Worden: "Military Perspectives on the Near-Earth Object (NEO) Threat"". SpaceRef. United States Space Command. 2002-07-15. Archived from the original on 2012-09-11. "Had you been situated on a vessel directly underneath the intensely bright flash would have been followed by a shock wave that would have rattled the entire ship and possibly caused minor damage."
- "Near-Earth Objects Pose Threat, General Says". Space Daily. 2002-09-17. Archived from the original on 2002-12-01.